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Former Lindfield School Investigated for Historic Sexual Abuse

Allegations at Tavistock and Summerhill School from 1962-1970 Under Scrutiny

Police are currently investigating reports of non-recent sexual offending at a former school in Lindfield and are appealing for any information that may aid their enquiries. The allegations pertain to incidents of sexual abuse that occurred at Tavistock and Summerhill School, known during the 1960s as Tavistock Hall, between the years 1962 and 1970.

The school, which has since closed, is the focal point of these historical allegations. Sussex Police have confirmed that no arrests have been made as of now, but investigations are ongoing. Officers are urging anyone who attended the school during this period or who may have information relevant to the case to come forward.

Detective Constable Hannah Elmer said: “This investigation is at a very early phase, although we are aware of several people we would like to speak to as part of our enquiries.

“The incidents are reported to have taken place around 60 years ago and, as such, there is not considered to be any ongoing risk.

“But a full and thorough investigation will be carried out to understand the full facts.

“We are asking anyone who has any information that could help the investigation to report it to us online or via 101, quoting Operation Melford. It does not matter how long ago an incident took place – we will believe you, we will support you and we will investigate fully.”

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